The PASRR Technical Assistance Center helps states fulfill the goals of Preadmission Screening and Resident Review


LTSS Scans
Jan 28, 2016
At PTAC, we regularly scan news reports and research findings on LTSS that may have some implication for the way we implement and monitor PASRR. Attached to this page you'll find a series of scans we've done since the end of 2014.
Jan 28, 2016
PTAC consultant Dustin Dodson has written a timely, accessible review of the issues that must be kept in mind when using MDS for data-analytic purposes. In this paper, Dodson:
Level II, Level I, Mental Illness
Jan 27, 2016
Richard Sanderson, a PTAC consultant, reviews a variety of tools to detect common mental health and substance use disorders, most of which are in the public domain. Sanderson categorizes the tools according to how long they take to administer, along with their strengths and weaknesses.
Dec 3, 2015
The January 2016 PASRR webinar "Why Is Grandma Screaming? Improving Quality of Life in Long Term Care" occurred on Tuesday, January 12th, at 1 PM EST (10 AM PST).  The webinar was presented by Barbara Speedling, Quality of Life Specialist and Quality Management Consultant.
Dec 3, 2015
The December 2015 PASRR webinar "Quality Improvement and PASRR" occurred on Tuesday, December 8th, at 1 PM EST (10 AM PST).  The webinar was presented by Andrea Womack, Director of Quality and Independent Contractor Services for Ascend Management Innovations.
PASRR Services, Intellectual Disability
Oct 27, 2015
This is a copy of the Washington State Plan Amendment (SPA) that added developmental disability (DD) services to the set of Medicaid-financed Specialized Services available to individuals in nursing homes.
Oct 14, 2015
The November 2015 PASRR webinar "Screens to Detect Common Behavioral Health Conditions" occured on Tuesday, November 10th, at 1 PM EST (10 AM PST).  The webinar was presented by Richard Sanderson, Director and CEO of Integrated Health Initiatives, LLC.
Sep 10, 2015
The October 2015 PASRR webinar "Recent Findings from Analyses of Level I Screens and the Minimum Data Set (MDS)" occurred on Tuesday, October 13th, at 1 PM EST (10 AM PST).  The webinar was presented by Ed Kako, Director of the PASRR Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).
Aug 14, 2015
The September 2015 PASRR webinar "PASRR Specialized Services in the Medicaid State Plan: Washington's State Plan Amendment" occurred on Tuesday, September 8th, at 1 PM EST (10 AM PST). 
Federal Regulations
Jul 21, 2015
When individuals apply for admission to a nursing home and are screened by PASRR, they cross a boundary of sorts from one kind of provider setting into another kind of provider setting – typically, from the hospital where they have been admitted to the world of PASRR screeners and evaluators, and...
Jul 16, 2015
The August 2015 PASRR webinar "The Interface between PASRR and the Home and Community Based Services Final Rule" occurred on Tuesday, August 11th, at 1 PM EST (10 AM PST).  The webinar was presented by Sherry Snyder Lerch of the PASRR Technical Assistance Center.
Jul 2, 2015
The July 2015 PASRR webinar "The State of Telemedicine in Mental and Behavioral Health" ocurred on Tuesday, July 21st, at 1 PM EST (10 AM PST).  The webinar was presented by Latoya Thomas, who works with the American Telemedicine Association. 
Intellectual Disability, Federal Regulations, Testing
May 15, 2015
There is a common misconception about this. The simple answer is "no" -- a test of intllectual functioning is not required. Here's the reasoning, broken down into its components:
May 12, 2015
The June 2015 PASRR webinar "PASRR and the Olmstead Puzzle: Important Messages for State Agency Leadership" ocurred on Tuesday, June 9th, at 1 PM EST (10 AM PST).  The webinar was presented by Frank Tetrick and Julie Stanley, consultants with the PASRR Technical Assistance Center. 
Categorical Determinations
May 4, 2015
This template is designed to help you amend your State Plan to change the way categorical determinations are defined. Drafted by Dan Timmel at CMS, it simplifies the process of drafting a State Plan Amendment and will help you ensure that any changes to the State Plan comply with PASRR regulations.
Apr 25, 2015
The May 2015 PASRR webinar "About PTAC: Where We've Been and Where We're Going" will occurr on Tuesday, May 12th, at 1 PM EST (10 AM PST).  The webinar was presented by Ed Kako, Director of the PASRR Technical Assistance Center. 
Mental Illness
Mar 31, 2015
For many individuals with serious mental illness, antipsychotic medications play an important role in helping them to maintain and improve their mental health, It has been become increasingly clear, however, that antipsychotics are overprescribed, especially to individuals in nursing hom
Intellectual Disability, Related Conditions
Mar 26, 2015
On March 18, 2015, the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) released a Directors Alert Bulletin (DAB 01-2015) highlighting the vital role that state I/DD agencies play in the implementation and success of state PASRR programs.
Mar 19, 2015
The April 2015 PASRR webinar "How the PASRR Process Functions within a Nursing Facility" occurred on Tuesday, April 14th, at 1 PM EST (10 AM PST).  The webinar was presented by Dustin Dodson of the PASRR Technical Assistance Center.
Level I
Mar 12, 2015
The February 2015 PASRR webinar "West Virginia's Level I Journey: A Systems Approach" occured on Tuesday, January 13th, at 1 PM EST (10 AM PST).  The webinar was presented by Richard Workman.   


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